Russia’s foreign minister says the U.S.-led coalition’s rhetoric on Syria is at odds with the situation it sees militarily on the ground, according to SANA
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned the United States against attacking Syria, saying that if this happens, the consequences will be serious.
In a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov said that the U.S. representative at the United Nations Security Council Nikki Haley should be aware that “it is one thing to irresponsibly use a microphone in the U.N. Security Council and another thing when [both Russian and American] militaries have channels of communication, and these channels show very clearly what could be done and what cannot be done,” adding that the U.S.-led international coalition knows this very well.
Lavrov said that Russia believes the U.S.-led coalition isn’t very interested in eliminating the remnants of terrorism; rather, it wants to preserve terrorists to use them against the Syrian government, as the Eastern Ghouta is the optimal location to harm the capital Damascus and thereby set the stage for Washington’s plan of dividing Syria.
He noted that in 2017, the Syrian government agreed to have U.N. experts visit Shayrat air base to investigate the claims of using sarin gas in the Khan Sheikhoun incident, but the U.S. side said that it didn’t need the experts anymore, and went ahead and attacked the air base.
Lavrov stressed that if another strike like the one on Shayrat air base takes place, the consequences will be serious.